Tonight is the big Senate election in Alabama. You will have read more and better analysis about this elsewhere. The results pour in slowly and I grow anxious. For the purposes of tonight, I’m going to take a moment and think back to this weekend and an exciting event that I attended.
Aro Lucha put on its’ first TV taping at the Nashville Fairgrounds Sports Arena this Sunday, with luchadors, wrestlers from Lucha Underground, former WWE and TNA stars, and. . . midget wrestling. Because what would a lucha libre show be without midgets.
And calling them midget insults is not an anti-PC slur, especially when one of them is Mascarita Dorada who is one of the most incredible high-flyers regardless of size.
Mascarita Dorada was on the show, as were a few former WWE stars like the Hurricane and MVP, and some Lucha Underground stars like Johnny Mundo and Taya.
Then there were Rush and La Mascara, two of the founding members of Los Ingobernables, the wildest bad guy gang in Mexican lucha and Maximo, the famous kiss-stealing exotico hero who fans cheer for by chanting “beso, beso, beso”.
I can’t neglect Pentagon, Jr., the infamous and beloved luchador who is so secretive and mysterious that even his name is unknown which is practically unheard of in this era of wrestling openly breaking kayfabe.
Speaking of mysterious, I almost forgot Rey Mysterio. Who is only. . . I dunno. . . one of the greatest wrestlers full-stop of the last thirty years? I mean. . . we’re talking about a 5’6″, 180-pound Latino-American who has lit up every promotion he ever worked in, ascending to the top of WWE in the thirteen years he worked there? He smashed through the glass ceiling for smaller wrestlers in WWE which was and still is a notoriously big man centered promotion.
Only an incredibly talented and gifted once-in-a-lifetime talent could do what Rey Mysterio has done over the course of his nearly-thirty-year career. And by God I got to see him, in a Fairground shed that held no more than a thousand people, wrestling in the main event in a tag match with Pentagon against Johnny Mundo and Rush.
A lot of credit to the Aro Lucha staff who made the inside of the Fairgrounds Sports Arena look incredible. The show was being shot for a TV pilot and it looked like a classy affair. The wrestling ranged from good to great and the crowd was incredibly enthusiastic and I was there in the fourth row. I got so excited I fell out of my chair like a dope. So if you were there and you heard a big thud right before the women’s tag match and wondered what it was, that was me crashing to the floor.
Yes, I was embarrassed. No, I don’t care.
One more thing: because it was a lucha libre show, it was a mixed crowd between mostly Latinos and whites with some African-Americans as well. Aro Lucha sold tickets at three Mexican groceries in town and most of the advance tickets were probably Latinos while white people like myself probably did the walkup deal. All the tickets were $20, general admission. Wrestling is the thing that unified us all, no matter our race or political beliefs. We all love to watch wrestling and have respect for the athletes who put their bodies on the line to entertain us.
I’m reminded of the words of Sanshiro Takagi who said “There can be no peace on earth without pro wrestling.” I believe him. It’s a beautiful world when we all watch together.